Courses in Chemistry

CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr)

Introduction to chemistry; includes chemical and gas laws, atomic and molecular structure, energy, equilibrium, kinetics, states of matter, and applications in chemical processes. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM-C 121. Lectures and discussion.

  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 100, CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 105, or CHEM-S 105.
  • Offered summer semesters, occasionally.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Suggested co-requisite: CHEM-C 121 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)

Basic principles including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, gases, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive chemistry.

  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 100, CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 105, or CHEM-S 105.
  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Prerequisites: Appropriate placement by academic advisor.
  • Suggested Co-requisite: CHEM-C 125 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr)

An overview of the physical properties of matter, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria (with emphasis on acids, bases, solubility), thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 106 or CHEM-C 102 or CHEM-S 106.
  • Offered spring and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisites: CHEM-C 105 and eligibility to take MATH-M 125.
  • Suggested Co-requisite: CHEM-C 126 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr)

An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry.

  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 125, or CHEM-S 125.
  • Offered fall and summer semesters, occasionally.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Co-requisite: CHEM-C 101

CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr)

Introduction to laboratory experimentation with emphasis on the collection and use of experimental data and focusing on illustration of principles taught in CHEM-C 105, with a particular focus on chemical measurements, stoichiometry, and properties of solutions.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 125, or CHEM-S 125.
  • Offered fall and spring semesters.
  • Co-requisite: CHEM-C 105 (lecture portion)

CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr)

A continuation of CHEM-C 125, with experiments that focus on illustrating concepts involving gas laws, kinetics, acid-base chemistry and thermodynamics.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Credit given for only one of the following: CHEM-C 126, CHEM-C 122, or CHEM-S 126.
  • Offered spring and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: CHEM-C 105/CHEM-C 125
  • Co-requisite: CHEM-C 106 (lecture portion)

CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry (3 cr)

Lectures dealing with fundamental analytical processes including solution equilibria, theory and applications of electrochemistry and spectrophotometry.

CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 cr)

Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature, qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds.

CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 cr)

Syntheses and reactions of polyfunctional compounds, natural and industrial products; physical and chemical methods of identification.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: CHEM-C 341
  • Suggested Co-requisite: CHEM-C 344 (lab portion)

CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 cr)

Laboratory instruction in the fundamental techniques of organic chemistry and the use of general synthetic methods.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Co-requisite: CHEM-C 341 (lecture portion)

CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 cr)

Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds; emphasis on modern research methods.

CHEM-C 360 Introductory Physical Chemistry (3 cr)

An elementary overview of physical chemistry with a particular focus on applications to life sciences. Topics taught include thermodynamics and thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, and applications of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy to chemical systems of interest.

CHEM-C 390 Special Topic in Chemistry (1-5 cr)

Course content varies.

*May take course again as course topic changes.

  • Offered occasionally
  • _Prerequisite: Depends on topic content, based on instructor permission.

CHEM-C 481 Physical Biochemistry (3 cr)

Physical chemistry of biological macromolecules; structure and conformation of proteins and nucleic acids; thermodynamics and kinetics of biochemical reactions.

CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules & Catabolism (3 cr)

This is the first semester of a two semester biochemistry course sequence. The course covers protein composition and structure, hemoglobin, basic concepts of enzymes, catalytic and regulatory strategies, carbohydrates, lipids, glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, molecular motors, membrane channels and pumps.

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: One year of college level organic chemistry (CHEM-C 341 and CHEM-C 342).

CHEM-C 485 Biosynthetic Pathways and Control of Metabolism (3 cr)

This is the second semester of a two-semester biochemistry course sequence. The course covers signal transduction pathways, photosynthesis, pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, protein turnover and amino acid catabolism, biosynthesis of amino acids, nucleotides, and membrane lipids and steroids, integration of metabolism, sensory systems and drug development.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: CHEM-C 484

CHEM-C 486 Biological Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr)

Laboratory experience in biochemistry, including biomolecule isolation, purification, enzyme kinetics, and biomolecule characterization by electrophoresis, centrifugation, spectroscopic methods; and chromatography. Lab fee required.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: CHEM-C 484

CHEM-C 490 Individual Study (1-3 cr; 10 cr max)

  • Enrollment only after consultation with the course director and the undergraduate advisor.
  • Cannot be substituted for any course required in a chemistry major.
  • Not distribution satisfying.
  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CHEM-N 100 Nutrition (4 cr)

Basic principles of general and organic chemistry, digestion, absorption and storage of various nutrients, food facts, and fallacies. Food habits, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and other consumer-oriented information. Food addiction, sociocultural and economic factors.

  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered every semester.

CHEM-T 550 Introductory Biochemistry (3 cr)

Protein composition and structure, Enzyme kinetics, catalytic and regulatory strategies, Carbohydrates, Nucleic acids, Lipids and cell membranes, Transducing and storing energy - metabolic cycles, Responding to environmental changes.

  • Offered in fall semesters.
  • Open to Graduate-level students only.

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